How to Stay Healthy This Fall
It’s fall, which means it’s cold and flu season. The average adult comes down with two to four colds every single year, but there are ways to significantly reduce the risk of getting sick even when everyone around you is coughing and sneezing. The rules are simple.
- Get at least 6 hours of sleep every night.
- Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables.
- Work out and keep moving.
- Stay hydrated.
- Take time for yourself to rest and relax, even if it’s just 15-20 min of doing absolutely nothing.
Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables
According to USDA’s (United States Department of Agriculture) dietary system, half of your plate should consist of fruits and vegetables. The experts advise that you eat two cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of veggies every day.
Vitamins – Fruits and vegetables (both fresh and frozen) are loaded with vitamins, minerals fiber and antioxidants which have been shown to protect against many chronic diseases.
Calories – Fruits and veggies are low in calories making them a great choice for your waistline because you can eat large portions of those and not have to worry about weight gain.
Variety – Fruits and vegetables are available in almost infinite variety. Make a point to add one new type of fruit and one new type of vegetable every week.
Energy – Eating fruits and vegetables normalizes blood pressure and you feel healthy and energized.
Why Work Out?
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for many years, you must have heard that exercising is good for you. Here’s what happens when you work out:
You boost your happiness levels with endorphins released in your brain when you exercise.
You improve your health. Exercising sends more blood to your muscles, improving circulation and normalizes your blood pressure.
You increase self-confidence. Exercising can help you feel better about yourself — no matter what type of workout you do or how fit you are.
You perform better at work. When you work out, you boost your energy levels and reduce headaches. You also get into a habit of setting and achieving goals which reflects on all areas of your life.
You sleep better. If you can’t sleep and instead are prone to tossing and turning, exercising can help you sleep better.
Give it a try! You won’t regret it.